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Doctors Say—Read Aloud to Baby

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By: Staff Report In a recent policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging doctors to talk to parents about reading to their babies, and to give books to high-risk, low-income children during office visits. Here's how to get started! We've known the importance of reading to your kids daily. It's been a common thing since Jim Trelease published the bestseller in 1970, "The Read-Aloud Handbook," which last year released the seventh edition. However, it
Affordable Housing Linked to Child’s Development

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By: Staff Report Does how much you spend in housing affect your child's cognitive skills? Researchers at Johns Hopkins seem to think so. It seems like a far stretch to connect how much families spend in housing and housing costs with how well children learn, but the researchers at Johns Hopkins University have made a very strong case for it. According to Sandra J. Newman, policy studies professor, and researcher C. Scott Holupka, spending too much in
Cyberchase Movie – 3 Spoilers

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By: Staff Report We get emotional with big milestones and moments, and seeing our favorite kids' programs celebrate big isn't an exception. That's why we're so happy to be able to be a part of the Cyberchase 100th episode, which will be coming to you on April 15th as the program's first-ever 1-hour special (please, check your local listings). For this special event, Matt, Jackie and Inez—Digit too—have to restore Ecotopia, which Hacker accidentally slimed while
Stop the Homework Battles

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By: Carolina Pichardo Whether your child is a straight-A student or struggling with a subject or two, it seems that all parents will experience, at some point or another, the much dreaded homework battles. How can you help your child complete their assignment without the fight? Your child’s academic success is closely aligned with how they take to their schoolwork and to their homework assignments. Are they organized with their work and project deadlines? Do they struggle
Minding the Age Gap

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By: Carolina Pichardo Now with two kids, life has become—interesting. For many moms, this is the case when they choose to “start over” with raising young children all over again, after having done so years, sometimes decades, ago. How can parents nurture both younger and older children as individuals, and also foster their relationship as siblings? Earlier this week, reality television star Evelyn Lozada announced she’s pregnant. According to several news sources, the 37-year-old star
Ouch! Time for another shot?

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By: Carolina Pichardo Recently, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that all children under the age of 5 who attend a licensed day care or preschool must receive the flu shot. While some parents welcomed the news, others were less pleased. Why is the administration mandating this new law, and why are many parents and several organizations protesting this requirement? No fun is the flu It starts with a bad fever, followed by pain
Despicable Me 2—Our Favorite Takeaways

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By: Staff Report If we could take one lesson from Despicable Me 2, it's to always trust our gut, and that no matter what, there's always someone trying to take over the world (or the moon). Here are our favorite takeaways from Despicable Me 2! When we last left villain-turned-good-guy, Gru, he became the guardian to the three energetic little girls—Margo, Agnes, Edith. He was despicable in his tactics alright, using the girls to
What To Eat To Get Pregnant

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By: Staff Report We all know it's important to eat well while pregnant, but what and how you eat prior also has a significant impact on your fertility and pregnancy. According to dieticians at Loyola University Health System (LUHS), women who follow a Mediterranean-style diet increase their chances of getting pregnant. That means a menu plan high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans. Along with good nutrition, however, women are also encouraged to take a regular
The Refined Chef: Mediterranean Turkey Casserole

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By: The Refined Chef Description: A great casserole. The National Pasta Association provided this recipe. Ingredients: 1 pound Medium Egg Noodles, uncooked 1 14 1/2-oz. can low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup skim milk 1 tsp. salt 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 cups chopped cooked turkey 1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered 1 7 1/2-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced 9 Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced 1/2 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup white wine 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp. black pepper Vegetable oil cooking spray 2
The Refined Chef: Baked Mediterranean Style Red Mullet

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By: The Refined Chef Description: This Baked Mediterranean Style Red Mullet is a great dinner option during the week or with friends over the weekend. Serve with a side salad and lemon parsley potatoes. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 whole fresh red mullet about 1/3 lb each - cleaned (gutted and scaled but leave head on) 1 lemon - thinly sliced 1 juice orange - thinly sliced A few sprigs of fresh oregano Salt and pepper Olive oil Serving size: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: